|The campaign to free the tiny country of East Timor has been going on for over twenty years. New Zealand, Australia, and the rest of the West (except Portugal) officially remain quietly complicit with the ever-growing economic and military power of Indonesia despite numerous UN resolutions, human rights reports, and personal testomonies. Led by Colin Isles, the close-knit Wellington peace community remains in solidarity with the Timorese people. Hr@G has joined the growing numbers of activists seeking Timorese self-determination.|
|Indonesian Independence Day is usually celebrated in high style by
the Embassy in Wellington. Foreign dignitaries from worlwide are
welcomed to the party inside while we host our own kind of gamalong noise
When activist Manu Caddie upset diplomatic channels with the burning of an Indonesian national flag, Hr@G members supported him through the Court ordeal.
On campus, Hr@G staged an impromptu protest of the New Zealand Airforce recruitment drive. The RNZAF currently trains with the Indonesian military - known human rights abusers. They didn't return this year but they still co-operate closely with the Indonesian regime.
Sadly, despite the noise, there is little progress in the Timorese fight for self-determination. The New Zealand government's policy of 'quiet diplomacy' effectively means business as usual. East Timor will remain an important issue for us until justice is done.
More information on the background history of East Timor.
Of interest: Portugese Hackers Against Indonesia.
View and use the collection of free East Timor posters.
Have your say on East Timorese independence - get talking on the East Timor newsgroup.